by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Ach, im Maien war's, im Maien
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Ach, im Maien war's, im Maien,
wo die warmen Lüfte wehen,
wo verliebte Leute pflegen
ihren Liebchen nachzugehn.

Ich allein, ich armer Trauriger,
lieg' im Kerker so verschmachtet,
und ich seh' nicht, wann es taget,
und ich weiß nicht, wann es nachtet.

Nur an einem Vöglein merkt' ich's,
das da drauß im Maien sang;
das hat mir ein Schütz getödtet
geb' ihm Gott den schlimmsten Dank!

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Era di maggio", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Era di maggio
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Maggio, ah, era di maggio
quando tiepidi i venti soffiano
quando tutti si innamorano
e dietro all'amore corrono.

Io solo, afflitto e misero,
resto in prigione a morire,
né vedo il giorno spuntare,
né vedo la notte arrivare.

Solo un uccellino ricordo,
che a maggio là fuori cantava.
Lo ha ucciso un cacciatore,
gli auguro il castigo peggiore.

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Text added to the website: 2011-03-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:15
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Word count: 58